Fruit exporters explore opportunities in Mumbai | Sunday Observer

Fruit exporters explore opportunities in Mumbai

21 February, 2021
The online BtoB meetings in progress.
The online BtoB meetings in progress.

The Sri Lanka Consulate in Mumbai and the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce (CCC) connected Sri Lankan fresh fruit exporters (avocado and passion fruit) with high-end supermarkets in Mumbai through virtual B2B meetings recently.

This was a follow up discussion on the program launched by the Consulate in September last year to promote and diversify Sri Lanka’s agri products to the Indian Market in line with the Government’s export economic policy.  Twenty online B2B meetings took place between five fruit and vegetable exporters from Sri Lanka and three supermarket chains in India, Nature’s Basket, More Retail, Star Bazaar and East West Agro, a Mumbai-based fresh fruit importer.  Given the close proximity and the duty concessions offered to Sri Lanka for agri products under the Indo-Sri Lanka Free Trade Agreement (ISFTA), Sri Lanka is well positioned to use this untapped export potential. 

In addition to avocado and passion fruit, the Sri Lankan companies have received inquiries on the possibility of exporting other products such as mangoes (during the off season in India), rambutan and soursop from Sri Lanka.  India imports avocado from Latin America and Europe and passion fruit from South Africa as the local supply of avocado and passion fruit in India are not sufficient to fulfill the local demand.